April 15, 2005

Cautious Optimism Dashed

Martini Boy believes that since Episode III: Revenge of the Sith has been given a PG-13 rating, this is reason to hope the movie hasn't been kiddie-downed too much.

I wouldn't bet the farm on it. Particularly not with this on the market.


They do not deceive you, your eyes. A Darth Vader Mr. Potato Head that truly is. Shot that marketing person should be.


If, as I suspect, George Lucas is only in this for the money nowadays, what point is there to putting out toys for little ones if they won't be able to see the movie said toys are released to promote? But, you say, parents will take their kids to see it anyways. And you would be right. Hence it leads me to believe that everything other than the volcano scene and the ending will be targeted at an audience whose average age is five.

It also behooves me to point out that an unhappy ending to this movie (which we've all known about for years, but little kids might not) is preternaturally designed to---ahem---hook these kids for the rest of their lives. Where our generation clamored for the prequels, these kids will be clamoring for Episodes seven, eight and nine, because they want to know where it goes from there.

Which, of course, means more money for George Lucas.

But, hey, that's just me, Ms. Cynical, so take it for what it's worth.

Posted by Kathy at April 15, 2005 01:04 PM

Heck, I knew he was in it for the money the first time I saw Return of the Jedi. I knew he had sold out as soon as I saw the Ewoks, which were such obviously "made-for-merchandising" characters. I am making myself have ridiculously low expectations for Revenge of the Sith, so that there will be a small chance that I like it when I see it.

(One completely-unrelated movie that I ended up loving based on this principal was The Emperor's New Groove, since I had completely sub-zero expectations going into it).

Posted by: JohnL at April 15, 2005 04:04 PM

And by the way... That toy is officially "Darth Tater."

I love it. I may buy one for the wee Villain. Okay... I might not. But it would be fun for me.

Posted by: The Maximum Leader at April 15, 2005 06:43 PM

I want one too.

Is that really bad of me?

Posted by: Kathy at April 15, 2005 10:38 PM

No. That isn't bad of you at all. It shows you are comfortable enough with yourself to nourish your inner geek.

Posted by: The Maximum Leader at April 16, 2005 10:43 AM
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